He / Him / His
Years in the field:
11 – 15 Years
Areas of Expertise
After-School Programs, Distance/Digital Learning, Docent Programs, Education, Exhibits development, Explainer/guide, Information/Technology/Digital, Outreach and Public Engagement, Research & Evaluation
The bottom line*
I've never been to a museum that doesn't have rich seams of mathematics running through it. I've been to very few that brought attention to them.
I'm a maths fan and a museum educator who feels that Heritage sector organisations have a wonderful opportunity to expand their audiences and provide unique educational experiences just by embracing the mathematics that is present in their stories, objects and exhibitions.
The links provided above for my PgCert and MA include the titles for each project, essay and dissertation submitted in completion of those courses. I am particularly proud of:
- My final dissertation and project that formed the bulk of my MA, which investigated the potential effects of participation in maths-related museum learning activities on attitudes towards mathematics of visiting secondary school students.
- My final project for my PgCert in Digital Leadership which formulated a comprehensive set of digital skills competencies which were later incorporated into GEM's Competency Framework for museum educators.
- I have more than 8 years of experience teaching mathematics in secondary schools and providing private tuition to students of all ages.
- I worked for nearly 8 years as part of Bletchley Park's learning team, progressing from Education Officer to Learning Manager. I was primarily responsible for the site's Outreach programme (visiting schools and other organisations), but also made sure that mathematics was well-represented across the education offer.
Since my redundancy in 2020, I have worked as a freelance museum education consultant, completing a number of projects for a variety of organisations. Some that I'm most proud of include:
- A research project comissioned by the National Archives and the National Heritage Science Forum that aligned work undertaken by heritage scientists with primary-level science curricula for all four countries of the UK.
- A loans box for Leicester Museums & Galleries focusing on fossils and including activity suggestions and other learning materials (yes, including maths!)
- An update and refresh of online courses offered by the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Find out more about who I am and what I do by browsing the various sections on my website: tkbriggs.co.uk
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